Ecclesia (Greek: ἐκκλησία ekklēsia) may refer to a church or worshipping community. Historically, it meant the principal assembly of ancient Greece during its Golden Age. The term was taken up to talk about the Early Church.
The Beginning of the Church was so unique and powerful that it was difficult to find a word that would adequately describe it. It was a joyful, celebrating community. Let us look at some scripture which will give us the idea:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)
Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:43-47)
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
Does this describe our Christian fellowship? If not, let us join one or start one. Allow the Holy Spirit to do his work:
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28)
The Ecclesia was more than a building or a congregation. It was a body of believers infused by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to glorifying God.